Text description: Staying connected when we're apart

Table 1

Connection to family through the lockdown

Table 1: Connection to family through the lockdown
How connected? With household With family living elsewhere

Note: Excludes N/A (for household 0.5%, for elsewhere 0.87%). Connection with household excludes people living alone.

A lot less connected 5% 12%
A little less connected 10% 25%
No change 33% 32%
A little more connected 26% 24%
A lot more connected 25% 7%

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Figure 1

Regular connection with family living elsewhere, method, under 40 vs 70+

  • Instant text
    • Age < 40 - 92%
    • Age 70+ - 79%
  • Voice calls
    • Age < 40 - 77%
    • Age 70+ - 75%
  • Video calls
    • Age < 40 - 58%
    • Age 70+ - 33%
  • In person
    • Age < 40 - 33%
    • Age 70+ - 49%
  • Letters
    • Age < 40 - 19%
    • Age 70+ - 30%

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Figure 2

Seeing family living elsewhere in person, at least once a week

  • Age 18–29 - 31%
  • Age 30–39 - 34%
  • Age 40–49 - 33%
  • Age 50–59 - 37%
  • Age 60–69 - 46%
  • Age 70–79 - 48%
  • Age 80+ - 62%

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Figure 3

Most common activities of people who connected online

  • Talk and text - 93%
  • Shared meals - 18%
  • Played games - 13%
  • Exercised - 8%
  • Watched TV/movies - 5%
  • Watched and/or listened to music - 5%
  • Made music or danced - 5%
  • Learned a new language or skill
  • Art, craft and baking - 3%
  • Read for pleasure - 1%

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Tried this? Creative ways to stay in touch

Played online video games with our grandchildren.
Female, 54, lives in a regional area, multiple-adult household, no children

We have set up digital drinks with children and grandchildren and also friends. Reached out to foreign friends and family interstate.
Male, 79, lives in a major city, couple-only household

The family arranged via Facebook quiz nights, Friday night drinks and a dinner party not sure on how we did it but the granddaughter just called me on Facebook I answered and everyone was there...
Female, 58, lives in a major city, single-adult household

Weekly quiz on Zoom with my mother, siblings and their kids has been fun and has helped my elderly mother who is housebound and feeling very isolated.
Female, 57, lives in a major city, single-adult household

I’ve read to my grandchildren on Marco Polo [video application]. 
Female, 56, lives in a major city, multiple-adult household, no children

Playing Animal Crossing [online multi-player game]. It’s really helped me connect with friends and family and given me structure.
Female, 32, lives in a major city, household with children

Video story time for grandchildren. 
Male, 62, lives in a major city, household with children

Zoom videocalls, playing chess online with grandchildren, reading to grandchildren, talking while walking with friend, walking daily after work.
Female, 56, lives in a major city, couple-only household

There have been several family birthdays in the past month so Skype has been valuable as has posting presents and being creative with online gift ideas and with companies who oer delivery of these gift ideas. It was important to celebrate these events, to acknowledge them in any way possible and fun!
Female, 66, lives in a regional area, couple-only household

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